8 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 8

Your baby this week – WEEK 8

You’re close to your second missed period and that only means one thing – your baby is 8 weeks in utero! And finally your baby is now taking shape and evolving from a tadpole - baby's hands and feet are still webbed fingers and toes, he has eyelids that almost cover all of his eyes which are now obvious. And his "tail" is almost fully gone. In his brain, the first neural pathways are being developed. While you still have no idea whether you’re having a boy or a girl (are your friends doing the gender prediction?), your baby’s gender has been determined since conception. However, the external genitalia haven't yet developed to reveal your baby’s gender. Your baby is now about the size of a kidney bean (rajma) and is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it. Baby is now growing at the rate of a millimetre a day! Amniotic fluid is increasing at 2 tbsps/day to accommodate your womb’s growing member.

Size of baby at 8 weeks

Fun fact – Wondering whether you’re having a boy or a girl? A lot of women swear by gender prediction with the help of a Chinese gender chart. the chart and it’s fun to do! There's no scientific proof that the Chinese Gender Predictor works. But since there are only two choices — boy or girl — it has at least a 50-50 chance of making an accurate prediction!

8 weeks pregnant - your body this week

 8 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

At 8 weeks pregnant, your breasts are growing rapidly and preparing for lactation. Soon you'll likely need a larger bra size with better support. Rising levels of pregnancy hormones cause breast growth and other tissue changes, all in preparation for lactation. Your breasts may continue to expand throughout your pregnancy. Most women can go up a cup size or two, especially if it's a first baby. Keep this in mind, and allow for room to grow when investing in a new bra. Doing regular exercise also helps keep your breasts firm as they expand.

Fatigue during pregnancy?  Hormonal changes — in particular, a dramatic rise in progesterone — may be contributing to your tiredness. Also common are mood swings during pregnancy. Feeling elated one moment and crushed the next are common and there’s nothing to be worried about. Morning sickness and vomiting can can sap you off energy too. And you may be having trouble getting a good night's sleep at this point, especially if you're uncomfortable or find you need to get up to pee. Meanwhile, morning sickness is probably still keeping up with you. Don’t let it weigh you down. Try our tips to combat morning sickness. Soon, you’ll be on the other side of this pregnancy. Chin up, momma!

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 8

Festivals around the corner? Are you considering fasting during pregnancy? Is it safe? And how much should you be exercising during pregnancy in the first trimester? Have you ever miscarried before? What are the precautions you should take in the event of a pregnancy after miscarriage? Read our guidelines on the issue and lots more.